A Primer on Custom Dolls Beginning with Pullip: Connecting Hearts Through Love

How does one enjoy dolls? Let’s take a close look at the worldwide popular doll series Pullip!

Conversation Interview: Milky Bunny x TOM Special Creator COGA

Milky Bunny is known for her single “I Wish,” which is the title song for the anime Fairy Tail. This is what these two artists had to say about their future!

Volks Holds Spring Event “Hobby Round 11”

An array of new figures from hobby goods manufacturer Volks! With the theme “Up and Coming: New Challenge,” the event has breathed new life into everyone’s hobbying lifestyle!

AV-98 Ingram Looks at the Sky

Hearing that the Special Vehicle Section 2, Division 2 had been called out to Kichijōji in Tokyo, I went to go look.

Premiere Screenings of the Movie *K: Missing Kings* to Be Held in America and France!

It has been announced that the animated movie K: Missing Kings to release in Japan on July 12 (Sat.) will first premiere at large-scale anime events overseas.

An Anime Shopping District in the City of Anime?! The Asagaya Anime Street Finally Opens!

When you hear of a city deeply connected to anime, what city do you think of? Whether it be Akihabara - the otaku paradise, or Ikebukuro which has been flourishing with female otaku lately, or Nagano where one can find rare anime goods, there are many cities in Tokyo that are deeply connected to anime.

Interview with Anison Singer Gero

Anime songs (anison) from Japan are currently highly popular overseas, with anison singers frequently holding concerts and events. Among these anison singers, one who is picking up considerable attention is Gero.

Figure Manufacturer Kotobukiya: The Quest for the Ideal Figure [2/3]

We give you an exclusive look at the design department of one of Japan’s foremost figure makers, Kotobukiya!

Focus: The Pullip Doll Series Keeps Getting Cuter and Cuter!

Fans are increasing all over the world! But, what kind of doll is a Pullip?

Interview: Otaku Artist Shoko Nakagawa [2/2]

“Anison is a righteous magic that crosses borders and makes people smile in an instant.” - Shoko Nakagawa

Figure Manufacturer Kotobukiya: Spreading Figures from Tachikawa to Japan and the World [1/3]

Infiltrating the offices of renowned Japanese figure manufacturer Kotobukiya!

Interview: Otaku Artist Shoko Nakagawa [1/2]

“The current age of otaku culture is a lucky time.” - Shoko Nakagawa

Popular Cosplay Idol Alodia Appears in TV Commercial Commemorating the Release of *Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd*

A new TV commercial created to commemorate the release of Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd, a rhythm-action game that features Vocaloid Hatsune Miku, has created a huge stir.

One Piece, MadoMagi, and Even Kan Colle - Curtain Damashii Sends Ita-Curtains to the World

For otaku who like anime, manga, and games, their home, in particular their bedroom, is a private space where they can showcase the full extent of their fandom through a carefully selected and arranged collection of figures, manga, games, and other otaku goods...

A Party is Held in Japan to Celebrate the Broadcast of TV Anime *Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles*

PVs for the opening and ending theme songs, a special screening of a PV of the upcoming live-action movie, and more!

*The Bride’s Stories* Wins Cartoon Grand Prize 2014

On March 27, the award ceremony was held for the Cartoon Grand Prize, for which recommended works from 2013 are chosen from different categories by mainly bookstore employees. Winning the Grand Prize this year was Kaoru Mori’s manga The Bride’s Stories.

It’s April Fools’ Day! Even Japan is Getting into the Spirit with Wild Pranks!

Let’s look at how otaku in Japan celebrate April Fools’ Day!

Fans Gather in LA for *Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster* Launch Event Attended by Producer Yoshinori Kitase and Art Director Yusuke Naora!

On March 15, 2014, representatives from Square Enix held an unprecedented event in a Los Angeles art gallery to celebrate the North American release of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster.

*Kill la Kill* Collaborates with an Original Maid Cafe! Kill la Kill Cafe Opens in Akihabara!

The popular anime is collaborating with the first maid cafe, Cure Maid Cafe. The collaborative cafe, titled Kill la Kill Cafe, is open now until April 6 (Sun).

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Feb. 1, 2014 01:000

Inu Yashiki Begins Serialization in Kodansha’s Evening, Gantz Creator Hiroya Oku Challenges Himself By Starting Anew from the Ground Up

Inu Yashiki Begins Serialization in Kodansha’s Evening, Gantz Creator Hiroya Oku Challenges Himself By Starting Anew from the Ground Up

A new work to keep an eye on has appeared in the popular shonen manga magazine Evening. In the Jan. 28 issue, Hiroya Oku’s newest work, Inu Yasha, began serialization.

Jan. 31, 2014 13:000

Animax Creates Saturday Evening Keroro Hour, Keroro and Sgt. Frog to Broadcast Back-to-Back

Animax Creates Saturday Evening Keroro Hour, Keroro and Sgt. Frog to Broadcast Back-to-Back

The broadcast time for the Flash anime Keroro has been announced. The anime will air at 19:00 on March 22 during Animax’s new programming block, Keroro Hour, during which both the new anime Keroro and the previous anime Sgt. Frog can be enjoyed.

Jan. 31, 2014 09:068

Easily Capture AFA - Experience Sony Music Video Recorder: The Next Generation of Video Cameras!

Easily Capture AFA - Experience Sony Music Video Recorder: The Next Generation of Video Cameras!

The video featured here shows live performances by LiSA and Eir Aoi, both of whom you may know as the singers of theme songs in popular anime such as Fate/Zero, at Anime Festival Asia 2013 held in Singapore from Nov. 8-9, 2013.

Jan. 31, 2014 06:0012

The Dream of Robot Fans Worldwide Has Come True! A Sneak Peak Into the “Guges” Landmate Test Run

The Dream of Robot Fans Worldwide Has Come True! A Sneak Peak Into the “Guges” Landmate Test Run

A dream collaboration with the “Guges” Landmate from the manga Appleseed by Masamune Shirow, creator of Ghost in the Shell!

Jan. 31, 2014 01:003

First Full-Blown Tiger & Bunny Exhibition, Special Exhibit: The World of Tiger & Bunny, to Be Held in Four Major Cities

First Full-Blown Tiger & Bunny Exhibition, Special Exhibit: The World of Tiger & Bunny, to Be Held in Four Major Cities

The Tiger & Bunny series began airing in 2011. In 2012, the movie Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning released and became a huge hit. Now, the second movie in the series, Tiger & Bunny: The Rising, is set for a roadshow release on Feb. 8.

Jan. 30, 2014 13:006

Takara Tomy’s First Bishoujo-Type Card Game, WIXOSS, to Operate Together with Anime

Takara Tomy’s First Bishoujo-Type Card Game, WIXOSS, to Operate Together with Anime

Selector Infected WIXOSS, an original late-night anime by Warner and Takara Tomy, will begin broadcasting this April. On April 26, the bishoujo-type trading card game WIXOSS will also go on sale.

Jan. 30, 2014 07:001

Details Announced for Story Card Present for Moviegoers Who See Tiger & Bunny: The Rising

Details Announced for Story Card Present for Moviegoers Who See Tiger & Bunny: The Rising

As has become standard for animated films, presents will be given to moviegoers who see the long-awaited Tiger & Bunny: The Rising once it releases on Feb. 8.

Jan. 30, 2014 01:0011

[Breaking News] Monster Hunter 4G Announced for a Fall 2014 Release on the Nintendo 3DS, Teaser Also Released

[Breaking News] Monster Hunter 4G Announced for a Fall 2014 Release on the Nintendo 3DS, Teaser Also Released

On Jan. 26 at the event “Monster Hunter Festa ‘13 Finals Tournament” held in Tokyo, Capcom announced that the newest game in the series, Monster Hunter 4G, will release this fall on the Nintendo 3DS.

Jan. 29, 2014 19:001

Mikimoto × Hello Kitty at colette in Paris

Mikimoto × Hello Kitty at colette in Paris

On Jan 24, the Mikimoto × Hello Kitty jewelry collection was revealed for the first time at the select shop “colette” in Paris.

Jan. 29, 2014 13:0033

Welcome to the Splendid World of Black Butler - Black Butler Original Artwork Exhibit: The World of Yana Toboso Report

Welcome to the Splendid World of Black Butler - Black Butler Original Artwork Exhibit: The World of Yana Toboso Report

Black Butler has been growing in popularity ever since it began its serialization in the magazine Monthly GFantasy in 2006. To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the debut of the series’ author Yana Toboso, a special exhibit titled “Black Butler Original Artwork Exhibit: The World of Yana Toboso,” which features her early artwork for the series, was held in Tokyo.

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